Is This 1964 Ford Mustang Pace Car Worth the Price?

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This is the Ford Mustang convertible used to pace the 1964 Indianapolis 500. And you can own it for a suitcase full of money.

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Young Roger Penske almost became a professional racecar driver

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Indianapolis 500 - Qualifying

Roger Penske stands among the most successful team owners in motorsports history. The man seems to have the Midas touch in racing no matter what the discipline with victories in Trans Am, IndyCar, NASCAR and endurance racing over his illustrious career. Plus, he has built a fortune from businesses like car dealers and truck rentals over the years and even nearly bought Saturn from General Motors at one point.

However, before running successful teams on the track, Penske was a racer in his own right - and an accomplished one at that. A recent story from Fortune delved into the businessman's early story to tell the intriguing tale. In the early '60s, Penske was a very hot prospect at the circuits, and in his rookie season of 1961 he won three consecutive Sports Car Club of America races to take a series championship. Eight more victories came in the next three years. That kind of triumph earned Penske the chance to test for the Indy 500 in 1965 - a dream for practically any American driver at the time.

That's also where the story gets interesting, and Fortune finds out how the paths of Penske and Mario Andretti intersect at this point. Head over there to read how Penske had his chance to make his name behind the wheel but chose a different, though still very successful, path.

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Roger Penske stands among the most successful team owners in motorsports history. The man seems to have the Midas touch in racing no matter what the discipline with victories in Trans Am, IndyCar, NASCAR and endurance racing over his illustrious career. Plus, he has built a fortune from businesses like car dealers and truck rentals over the years and even nearly bought Saturn from General Motors at one point.

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Maserati returns to Indianapolis to commemorate historic win

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Maserati 8CTF at Indy

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend, folks, and you know what that means: racing. There was the Monaco Grand Prix for Formula One fans, and back Stateside there was the Indianapolis 500. You might expect to see a name like Maserati pop up at the former more than the latter, but that wasn't always the case.

These days its all about Dallara chassis powered by Chevy or Honda, but over the course of a century there have been plenty of foreign automakers that have won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. McLaren won it twice in the 1970s, Mercedes and Peugoet won during the race's pre-WWI infancy, and in between them Boyle Racing won it two years in a row with a Maserati chassis and engine.

The car was the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Special," and its first win came 75 years ago. So to mark the occasion (as well as Maserati's 100th anniversary), the car was brought back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a revival lap. Unfortunately Wilbur Shaw, who won the Indy 500 three times (twice in the Maserati) and went on to be president of the speedway, died in a plane crash the day before his 52nd birthday in 1954. So in his place fellow three-time winner Johnny Rutherford took the wheel of the 8CTF in front of the gathered crowds.

The celebration also marked the 8CTF's entry as the first import automobile to be registered with the Library of Congress, meeting the criteria set down by the Secretary of the Interior to be immortalized as an historically significant automobile.

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Legendary Indy 500 mechanic A.J. Watson dead at 90

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1962 Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 has lost one of its great competitors just weeks before the 2014 running of the famous race. A.J. Watson (pictured above left) competed multiple times from 1948 to 1984 as a designer, crew chief and mechanic, scoring six wins in his career with his own chassis at the Yard of Bricks. Watson died shortly after his 90th birthday.

Watson competed in the Indy 500 for the first time in 1948 as a mechanic for a team and entered his own chassis for the first time in 1950, at just 26 years old. However, his big breakthrough came in 1956 when he created the Watson Roadster. The racecar featured a drivetrain set to the left of the driver to improve cornering around the oval, and its driver, Pat Flaherty, won the race. From then, his platform won in '59, '60, '62, '63 and '64. While Watson's biggest racing successes came in the '50s and '60s, he continued working in motorsports through the '80s.

"He was a pioneer. He came out against Kurtis and built the Watson roadster and I was lucky enough to win with it," said famous racing driver A.J. Foyt to National Speed Sport News. Foyt won in a Watson chassis in the '64 Indy 500.

Racing has clearly lost one of its icons, and our condolences go out to his friends and family.

Legendary Indy 500 mechanic A.J. Watson dead at 90 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 May 2014 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pennzoil and Penske bringing ‘Yellow Submarine’ livery back for Indy 500

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1988 Indianapolis 500

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 will feature at least one rather blinding blast from the past. Team Penske and Pennzoil have teamed up to bring back their iconic "Yellow Submarine" livery for the 2014 race with a bright yellow body, red pinstripes and black graphics. Even at high speeds around the Indy oval, the car will surely stand out.

While Team Penske may not have been the first to use the canary yellow paint job for its cars, it likely did the most to popularize it. Four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears drove the Pennzoil-sponsored car and won the race in 1984 and 1988 (pictured above) with it.

For 2014, the No. 3 Chevrolet of three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves gets the historic guise, and he has a lot riding on it. If Castroneves triumphs this year, he ties Mears with four victories in the race. The two drivers have brought Roger Penske's teams 7 of their 15 Indy 500 wins. Scroll down to read the full announcement from the team.

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Pennzoil and Penske bringing ‘Yellow Submarine’ livery back for Indy 500

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1988 Indianapolis 500

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 will feature at least one rather blinding blast from the past. Team Penske and Pennzoil have teamed up to bring back their iconic "Yellow Submarine" livery for the 2014 race with a bright yellow body, red pinstripes and black graphics. Even at high speeds around the Indy oval, the car will surely stand out.

While Team Penske may not have been the first to use the canary yellow paint job for its cars, it likely did the most to popularize it. Four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears drove the Pennzoil-sponsored car and won the race in 1984 and 1988 (pictured above) with it.

For 2014, the No. 3 Chevrolet of three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves gets the historic guise, and he has a lot riding on it. If Castroneves triumphs this year, he ties Mears with four victories in the race. The two drivers have brought Roger Penske's teams 7 of their 15 Indy 500 wins. Scroll down to read the full announcement from the team.

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Infiniti to display special Q60 convertible celebrating Unser at Amelia Island

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Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser

Bobby Unser is one of the great American racing drivers of his generation, having won the Indianapolis 500 in 1968, '75 and '81 and belonging to the Unser racing dynasty. But he might be getting the oddest tribute of his life at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Infiniti has created a tribute to his Indy-winning 1968 car out of a Q60 Convertible (previously the G37), and he will be driving it around the event.

The Infiniti is wrapped in red, gold, black and white livery with the number 3 designed by the company's design director Alfonso Albaisa. While the connection seems dubious, Offenhauser-powered racecars are one of the featured vehicles at this year's concours, and the Japanese luxury automaker worked with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to bring Unser's 1968 Eagle, which used an Offenhauser engine and flew those colors, to the show. The brand wanted a car of its own to match... no matter how outlandish it looked.

Honestly, while certainly a nice gesture, the choice still seems a bit weird. At least visitors will get the chance to see American racing royalty and his winning car. Scroll down to read Infiniti's full explanation for their effort.

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